DIFFA and Thrive Tribe Foundation Team Up for a Wine Auction at WestEdge on Saturday, October 21

DIFFA and Thrive Tribe Foundation Team Up for a Wine Auction
at WestEdge on Saturday, October 21

This year, DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS and the Thrive Tribe Foundation are teaming up to support their work of helping individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS. DIFFAxThrive is an event that will feature one-of-a-kind customized Nambe wine buckets created by two-dozen artists and designers, all for sale at the show. The auction will culminate at a reception on Saturday, October 21st from 4-6 PM.

DIFFAxThrive is presented in partnership with California Homes Magazine and Nambe.

If you are a designer who wants to get involved and put your style mark on a piece for the auction, please get in touch with Dawn Roberson at [email protected].

ABOUT NAMBE
Recognized for its award-winning designs for more than 60 years, Nambé’s commitment to timeless beauty, artistic integrity and uncompromising quality is evident in the brand’s collection of serveware, barware, home décor and gift items. Nambé collaborates with the world’s most esteemed designers to develop products that bring function and style into the home.

 

DIFFA’s Picnic By Design Aligns with WestEdge Nov. 5

Southern California is THE place for year-round outdoor living and entertaining. So what better venue to launch the West Coast edition of DIFFA’s Picnic by Design than with us at The Barker Hangar this Nov. 5.

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While the city may be different, the DIFFA concept remains the same. Leading architects, designers and industry talents will create over-the-top picnic baskets that will be displayed and available for purchase at the fair as part of an online auction. On Saturday, November 5 from 3-6 PM, Picnic By Design guests will enjoy an afternoon of food and fine wine in the WestEdge outdoor lounge, designed and furnished by Roche Bobois. The lucky winners will be announced at the closing of the auction.

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“DIFFA is excited to partner with the energetic leadership at WestEdge Design Fair to bring Picnic By Design to LA! We know there is an incredibly generous and growing design community in Southern California who is willing to join the fight against HIV/AIDS—and this is an incredible opportunity to raise funds and awareness. We look forward to the start of this partnership and are grateful for the generosity of all involved!” said Johanna Osburn DIFFA executive director.

Picnic By Design is hosted in cities throughout the country such as New York and Las Vegas and is part of DIFFA’s effort to raise awareness and critical funds toward the mission of supporting HIV/AIDS organizations across the country. For more information about DIFFA and its fundraising efforts visit www.diffa.org.

If you or your design firm would like to create a picnic basket at Picnic By Design LA and support this great cause, please download the participation packet here or get in touch with Cray Bauxmont-Flynn to sign up.

We hope to see you there!

Launch Pad at WantedDesign NYC May 13-16

We just arrived in NY yesterday and are thrilled to be back for the many design events that comprise NYC Design Week, officially called NYCXDESIGN. We will be drinking lots of coffee (and cocktails) to power through 7 days of design happenings in all different shapes and sizes (and NYC neighborhoods).

This year, for the third year in a row, we’re aligned with WantedDesign as an industry partner. WantedDesign opened their Brooklyn show last week (which runs through May 17) and opens WantedDesign NYC this Friday, May 13 at the Terminal Store (269 11th Avenue between 27th and 28th street St.). WantedDesign NYC runs for 4 days so that should give ample time to get down to Chelsea to experience all there is to see and learn (don’t miss the design conversations hosted by Metropolis Magazine).

One of our favorite sections of the fair is Launch Pad, an initiative for emerging designers and their market ready prototypes who are hoping to catch the eye of manufacturers interested in producing their design. A jury of professionals will review the 30+ projects and award the best one with the “Launch Pad Best of 2016” award. The winner will receive the opportunity to exhibit at WestEdge in November, a special feature on Design Milk, a $2500 cash prize courtesy of Design Within Reach and an in-person design meeting with DWR’s Director of Merchandising.

AND new this year, you can vote on your favorite Launch Pad exhibitor online here. Voting runs through May 16 so let us know your favorite and, of course, come check out this talented group in person. We’ll be raising a glass with the designers and celebrating the winner on Monday, May 16 at the show. Follow us on Instagram for updates.
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For complete event details, visit www.WantedDesignNYC.com
To see what else is happening in NYC on the design front this week, visit nycxdesign.com/

Culinary Highlights at WestEdge Design Fair

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Presenting MADE:MODERN

Some of the most interesting products are being made right in our backyards, even though they may have yet to be fully discovered and recognized.

Troy and I have always been big supporters of independent designers so we’re thrilled to announce the WestEdge debut of MADE:MODERN, a section featuring independent designers/makers who speak to craftsmanship and the spirit of “making it”.

This initiative, sponsored in part by DESIGN MILK will feature dozens of designers and makers who specialize in exquisitely handcrafted, limited-production, and custom work, and allow guests to engage directly with the creative minds behind these products. The mix of local, national and international makers includes J Liston Design, Matthew Fairbank Design, Pamela Sunday, Shopfloor, Current Workshop, West of Noble, Von Lintel and dozens more.

We hope you’ll join us this October to meet and engage with some of the latest makers coming onto the design scene and making names for themselves in the industry.  Their stars are rising and we guarantee you’ll want to get to know them sooner rather than later.

Click here to learn more.

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Come See us at WantedDesign in NYC May 15-18

We are off to NYC this week for a non-stop 6 days of design events that comprise NYC Design Week, officially called NYCXDESIGN.

NYCxDESIGN kicked off this past Friday with an opening party in Brooklyn, and runs through May 18, bringing together all the disciplines of design, commerce, culture, education, and entertainment with a full, varied program, including exhibitions, installations, trade shows, talks, launches and open studios.. For the complete list of design fairs and other happening to help you plan your week, click here.

This year, for the second year in a row, we’re aligned with WantedDesign as an industry partner. WantedDesign opens this Friday at the Terminal Store (269 11th Avenue between 27th and 28th street St.), and is celebrating its Fifth Anniversary. WantedDesign continues to be an anchor event of NYCxDESIGN and should be on everyone’s list of must-attend events.

 

 

One of our favorite sections of the fair is Launch Pad, an initiative for emerging designers and their market ready prototypes who are hoping to catch the eye of manufacturers interested in producing their design. The winning designer will be afforded a spot at WantedDesign 2016 and WestEdge Design Fair October 22-15, 2015.

In addition to our role with Launch Pad, we’ll be on hand throughout the fair and are giving away a “Weekend of Design” trip to WestEdge Design Fair in Santa Monica this October 22-25. Stop by our space in Gallery 6 to enter our instagram contest. Just snap a selfie in our booth’s Vioski chair and include the GO WEST backdrop created by the innovative Italian brand Mosaico Digitale.

We hope you’ll stop by and see us at WantedDesign. The event opens this Friday May 15 for press and VIPs, and runs through May 18.

And, this year, WantedDesign has also expanded with a new, second location: WantedDesign Brooklyn, at Industry City in Sunset Park. This strategic expansion reflects the growing importance of Brooklyn as a hub for multidisciplinary creative thinkers and makers.

For hours, ticketing details and the full schedule of programs for both WantedDesign Brooklyn and WantedDesign NYC, visit www.WantedDesignNYC.com

IIDA SoCal Joins WestEdge with WORK/REST Exhibition

Work-life balance! Something many of us seek and could use a bit more of (at least speaking for myself)…
Not only are workers and employers looking to make the workspace more conducive to productivity and efficiency, but they are also taking a closer look at how to foster a sense of balance, health and overall well-being at the same time.
To that point, we’re thrilled to announce that IIDA Southern California will be at WestEdge Design Fair this October with an exhibition that explores design to help balance the ways we work and live.
This all-new installation and design competition is sponsored  in part by Architonic and pairs A+D firms AECOM, Gensler, HLW, Rapt and Ware Malcomb with teams of leading manufacturers to create unique environments which balance work, rest and play. To coincide with the exhibition’s unveiling on October 16 at WestEdge, the principals of these design firms will share their insight on the topic/challenge in a panel, moderated by Interior Design Magazine
For more information and to learn how your brand can participate and be paired with one of these leading firms, please email [email protected].

superPAC makes debut with Design Milk in October

West is Best! Well… we may need to be somewhat careful of choosing sides here given our NY roots (although LA is still riding high with Kings fever and we give them props). BUT, we do, of course, LOVE west coast design and are excited to celebrate it with a special exhibition at this year’s edition of WestEdge. Jaime Derringer, Founder of Design Milk, is curating a must-see exhibition called superPAC featuring several of the best designers from throughout the North American Pacific coast.

The selected designers represent a large range of product categories including furniture, lighting, accessories, carpets and more. Here’s a list of the names you’ll see this October:

100xbetter — Los Angeles, CA
Brendan Ravenhill
— Los Angeles, CA
Brook & Lyn
— Los Angeles, CA
Eric Trine
— Long Beach, CA
Iacoli & McAllister
— Seattle WA
Graypants
— Seattle, WA
Hinterland
— Gibsons, British Columbia, Canada
Ladies & Gentlemen Studio
— Seattle, WA
PECA
— Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico
Phloem Studio
— Portland, OR
Rachel Denny
— Beavercreek, OR
Standard Socket
— Seattle, WA
Aguiniga Design
— Los Angeles, CA
urbancase
— Seattle, WA
Wolfum
— Los Angeles, CA
Zoe Pawlak
— Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Photo gallery above features: Graypants, Zoe Pawlak, urbancase, Iacoli & McAllister and Eric Trine.

Product imagery from all participating brands can be viewed on our WestEdge #superPACdesign Pinterest board
Stay tuned for more from Design Milk and #superPACdesign over the next few months. And we’ll let you be the judge of west coast design in October.

 

We’re Gearing Up for a Week of Great Design in NYC with WantedDesign

We’re excited to be a partner of this year’s WantedDesign! If you’re in NYC next week for the design celebration that is NYCxDESIGN, The City’s 11-day festival that showcases New York as a dynamic and unique design destination, please make sure to add WantedDesign to your must-attend event schedule.

Our friends Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat launched WantedDesign in 2011. Since its launch, the event has established itself as a premier creative destination for the international design community and will again bring together national and international participants for a vibrant four day experience. The show will offer innovative installations, memorable products, a pop-up store, interactive experiences, convivial lounges, thought-provoking student workshops, engaging discourse and more.

This year adds a fresh direction with programs that follow the daily themes of Design Around the World, Designing, Making, Transforming, and What’s Next in the U.S.A.?, with each day featuring supporting conversations. In addition to the “Conversation Series” co-presented by Metropolis Magazine, the show features nearly 60+ exhibitors, including several of our favorites such as DWR, Egg Collective, David Trubridge, and Blackbody. For the full list of exhibitors, click here.

Located in the exceptional landmark Terminal Stores building on 11th Avenue, WantedDesign promises to be a highlight of our week back in NYC. The event, which runs May 16-19, is free to the trade (registration required); general public tickets are $20 online or  $25 at the door.

For more information, please visit: www.wanteddesignnyc.com